Benedict Cumberbatch recently sat down with the UK’s The Telegraph to talk about his role in the new television series ‘Parade’s End’ that is being co-produced by the BBC and HBO. The actor, most notable for his role as the title character in the another BBC show, Sherlock, was tapped by director Peter Jackson to be in the widely anticipated The Hobbit films. In The Hobbit, Cumberbatch will be playing the Necromancer and the story’s chief villain, the dragon Smaug.
With undisguised glee, Cumberbatch describes Smaug as “a 400-year-old fire-breathing worm who lives in the middle of a mountain on top of a pile of gold, who is three or four times bigger than the Empire State Building and can fly.”
In an earlier post, Cumberbatch told MTV News he pretty much worked alone with director Peter Jackson while filming Smaug. He tells The Telegraph the same and about the special jumpsuit he had to wear as part of the filming process. “It’s sort of a grey all-in-one jumpsuit, with a skullcap, a Madonna headset and Aboriginal-like face paint,” he explains. “You feel like a tit in all that gear but Peter is so lovely you soon forget.”
To read more of Benedict Cumberbatch’s interview with The Telegraph, visit ‘Benedict Cumberbatch returns in Parade’s End‘